Should the Leafs burn a year of Sandin’s Entry-Level Contract?

Rasmus Sandin has been one of the most impressive young Leafs this preseason. The 19-year-old defenceman has done everything to surprise and excite fans and front office personnel. But should the Leafs really burn a year of his Entry-Level Contract, just to have a young blueliner start his NHL career?
Since drafting him just over a year ago, the defenceman archetype that he fits best is a calm defender that will be an extremely agile powerplay quarterback. He has shown exactly that in the preseason through the couple of exhibition games.
It’s a small sample size of course, but he has been able to keep up with some NHL regulars and has demonstrated some ability to read plays and help the Leafs on both ends of the ice.

Sandin breaks up the play in the neutral zone and gets it to Read who scores with a curl-and-drag
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) September 21, 2019

Just a small play in the neutral zone that leads to a goal. It’s simple, but it’s what players do to get noticed by coaches and make it into the top league.
All signs are pointing to Sandin being in the starting …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

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